Beth She’arim excavations, 2014 – Naming

Archaeologists have deep passion and stories about the site they are digging.

Common knowledge collapses as the earth unfold its secret’s dormant for centuries.
Glass bracelets from the Ottoman times buried next to Byzantine pottery shards found at the same leval of earth.

Coincidence is the undercurrent notion of history remains that were left for us to create our story of the past.
Coincidence tools are: wars and hatred, earthquakes, heavy rain and flooding, fire and time.
Thus, I give myself the artist freedom as we learned form Marcel Duchamp. I name different finds as I wish-until I become a part of a mound myself.

Moreover, by naming the same object by an identical museum card –  I give it a different life.



I can even give it a name connected to the Internet world. Each variation has its own truth.


Speaking of  tools, here is a fragment from a one night performance installation at the Israel Museum, 2013 where I utilized objects brought by the audience into an invented archaeology.

Tel Nona, Audience Version, 2013,Marking Tools

Lists as Backbone of early writing

Archaeology – fiction and reality

Tel Nona, Audience Version- The Finds


Beth She’arim excavations, 2014

Zinman Institute of Archaeology, University of Haifa

Excavations manager: Dr. Adi Erlich

Excavations staff: Rona Evyasaf, David Yeger, Dani Chechelnitsky, Ran Kaftory, Menachem Schnell.



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